Apparel Production Process
Apparel production is a detailed activity consisting of procedual processes such as laying, marking, cutting, stitching, checking, finishing, pressing and packaging. This is the next process after the apparel design stage
This is a process of converting an unfinished piece of fabric into a beautiful piece of garment. After the apparel designer is satisfied with the sample piece, the paper patterns together with the sample piece is passed on to the tailors.
First, the cutting department will lay layers of the chosen fabric on the cutting table. Depending on the fabric properties, some fabric are laid on the cutting table the night before cutting takes place. Some fabrics are prone to shrinkage, this is to avoid the issue of the garment shrinking after it is being sewn. The cutting tailors will first have to subject the fabric to a shrinkage test. If the fabric does not shrink, then the cutting tailors can lay the fabric into a 25 to 30 layers and proceed to lay the pattern without overnight.
The experience of the cutting tailors play a very important role. An experienced cutting tailor is able lay the paper patterns fully across the fabric to fully maximise the whole area of the cloth.
After the fabric have been cut, individual cut fabric are then passed on to the sewing tailors . The sewing department is oragnised as a assembly line, in which certain tailors will be only involved in sewing the sleeves while another tailor will only be sewing the collar. The whole sewing process works like a assembly, thus converting the fabric into a finished garment.
In the mist of all the production process, a quailty control department will be inspecting the finished garment to make sure that the garment pass the quailty requirement.